Big Apple Comic Con Welcomes Wilson Cruz, Sherilyn Fenn, and Lots More in April 2018

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Wilson Cruz, Sherilyn Fenn & More Coming To Big Apple Comic Con April 14-15!

Big AppleMIKE CARBONARO’s BIG APPLE COMIC CON, New York’s longest-running Comic Book Convention, is thrilled to announce the appearance of popular media legends WILSON CRUZ (Star Trek: Discovery) and SHERILYN FENN (Twin Peaks)! Aside from these two incredible talents, BACC will have two incredible days of dozens of media celebrities, top comic book creators, writers, exhibitors, retailers, and cosplayers. All will peaceably but riotously occupy the building to entertain and edify thousands of NYC’s coolest fans!


Our media guest list this year is our finest ever, bringing you a unique, star-studded­ experience! Meet:

WILSON CRUZ (Star Trek: DiscoveryMy So-Called Life)

SHERILYN FENN (Twin PeaksShameless)

JENNIFER CIHI (Sailor MoonPrincess Mononoke)

MICHAEL COPON (Power Rangers Time ForceOne Tree Hill)

JOHN O’HURLEY (SeinfeldArcher)

C.J. RAMONE (The Ramones)

JOHNATHON SCHAECH (DC’s Legends of TomorrowRay Donovan)

LUA STARDUST (Professional Cosplayer, Model)

JÉNEL STEVENS (Black PantherLuke Cage)

LARRY STORCH (The Batman/Superman Hour, F Troop – Saturday only)

TAIMAK (The Last Dragon)


Comic lovers can rejoice as we have a great assortment of writers and artists from Marvel, DC, and every independent in between:

SY BARRY (The Phantom)
BOB CAMP (Ren & Stimpy)
JOHN CASSADAY (Astonishing X-Men)
SEAN CHEN (Iron ManX-O Manowar)
PETER DAVID (The Incredible HulkBabylon 5)
GLENN FABRY (PreacherThe Authority)
RAMONA FRADON (Metamorpho)
MICHAEL GOLDEN (G.I. JoeThe Walking Dead)
BRIAN KONG (Cryptozoic Entertainment)
ELAINE LEE (Starstruck)
TOSHIO MAEDA (Urotsukidōji)
ALEX MALEEV (DaredevilBatman)
JOHN ORLANDO (CybergenGene Roddenberry’s The Universe)
ESAD RIBIC (Thor: God of Thunder)
SCOTT ROBERTS (SpongeBob Comics)
MIKE ROYER (The Demon)
MARK SCHULTZ (Xenozoic TalesPrince Valiant)
JIM SHERMAN (Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes)
J. DAVID SPURLOCK (The Alluring Art of Margaret Brundage)
JIM STERANKO (Captain America)
ARTHUR SUYDAM (Heavy MetalNational Lampoon)
TIMOTHY TRUMAN (GrimjackJonah Hex)
BILLY TUCCI (ShiSgt. Rock)
RENEE WITTERSTAETTER (Guardians of the Galaxy)DAN FOGEL (Underground Price & Grading Guide)


Big Apple Comic Con will host an entire Saturday of exclusive programming, including an exclusive panel discussion with WILSON CRUZ (Dr. Hugh Culber, Star Trek: Discovery). Cruz is famous for being part of the Star Trek franchise’s first gay male kiss.

Also on Saturday, Big Apple Comic Con will once again present “Captain Zorikh’s Costume Contest.” For the past ten years, Captain Zorikh has brought what is known to be the most fun costume contest on the East Coast, bringing together the most amazing cosplayers and costumers for a fast-paced day of creative excellence. Come as any media character or make up your own! Also present will be professional Cosplayer LUA STARDUST.


Lovers of comics, sci-fi, fantasy, horror, and cosplay of all persuasions will find something for everyone while shopping for comic books, toys, posters, videos, original art, clothing & other collectibles, from the rarest as well as the newest and coolest goodies!


Big Apple Con, Penn Plaza Pavilion April 14th & 15th 

Adults: $25 Saturday – $25 Sunday – $40 Weekend

Children 6-13: $14 per day

Children under 5: FREE

Check our website for info on our special Early Admission Package!





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Fandemic Tour Brings Norman Reedus, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Milo Ventimiglia, and More to Sacramento in June 2018

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Tickets on sale now for a weekend of fun with major celebrities, artists and cosplayers

(Los Angeles, Calif. – January 24, 2018) – Fandemic Tour, a new type of comic con, will bring their new tour to Sacramento this June. Brought to you by the same people who originally created Wizard World Comic Con, Sacramento will be their very first official city stop, followed up by Houston, Sept. 14-16, 2018 as a make-up due to Hurricane Harvey. Fandemic Tour will feature celebrities including: Norman Reedus (“The Walking Dead”, “The Boondock Saints”), Jeffrey Dean Morgan (“The Walking Dead”, “Magic City”), Michael Rooker (“Guardians of the Galaxy”, “The Walking Dead”, “Tombstone”, “Cliffhanger”, “Days of Thunder”), Sean Gunn (“Guardians of the Galaxy”, “Gilmore Girls”), Milo Ventimiglia (“This is Us”, “Heroes”, “Gilmore Girls”), Dave Bautista (“Guardians of the Galaxy”, “WWE Raw”, Sean Patrick Flanery (“The Boondock Saints”, “Powder”) and Jason David Frank (“Mighty Morphin Power Rangers”). Fandemic Tour is a brand new experiential convention weekend that will bring together celebrities, well-known and emerging comic artists, cosplayers of all shapes and sizes, and exhibitors with merchandise designed to offer something for every type of pop culture fan. All confirmed talent will make appearances on at least two days of the weekend, and many will appear on all three days. All guest appearance dates are listed at

Fandemic Tour will offer attendees the opportunity to purchase autographs and photo opportunities with their favorite celebrity talent and artists. Photos come in the form of 8×10” printouts.

In addition to celebrity acting talent, Fandemic Tour will boast a host of exciting guest artists such as Neal Adams (Batman, X-Men), Phil Ortiz, animator from The Simpsons and Muppet Babies, Michael Golden of Marvel and DC Studios fame, Rob Prior, amazingly talented two-handed live pop artist with notable credits (Game of Thrones, Star Wars: The Force Awakens), and Arthur Suydam (Deadpool, The Walking Dead). Other notable artists including: Renee Witterstaetter, Mike DeCarlo, John Beatty, Rodney Ramos, Ric Meyers, Clinton Hobart, Rags Morales and Jim Salicrup.

During the weekend, Fandemic Tour bring back the fan favorite Friday night “Drink and Draw”, a festival component that will allow fans to mingle, receive drawing instructions from an expert artist, and have an all-around fantastic evening of revelry while imbibing their favorite adult beverage. Saturday night will showcase one of the highlights of the weekend in the form of a Costume Contest, which will begin at 7:00 PM when the show floor closes. Guest judges will critique the best of the best in the cosplay world. The Costume Contest is open to all who are interested in participating.

“Fandemic Tour is something I’ve been thinking about for some time now, and it represents everything I think fans will want from a comic con event,” said Fandemic Tour CEO John Macaluso. Macaluso added, “We pledge to present an event that brings the highest tier celebrities, artists, and exhibitors and to create immersive programming that is both fun and educational. Our mission is simple: take care of the fans.”

Fandemic Tour is Macaluso’s first foray into the comic con space as an entrepreneur. Formerly the CEO of Wizard World, Macaluso is anxious to bring his unique brand of fan experience to Sacramento for the first time through Fandemic Tour. Macaluso noted, “Sacramento has a great comic con fan base and we are excited to share this new experiential event with them. Fandemic Tour is poised to bring the utmost in fan engagement to the Sacramento Convention Center for an interactive, fun-filled weekend.”

Fandemic Tour will continue to announce additional big-name guests in the coming weeks leading up to its inaugural event, June 22-24th at the Sacramento Convention Center in Sacramento, Calif.

General Admission tickets are available at the following price points:
$35 — Friday Pass
$45 — Saturday Pass
$40 — Sunday Pass
$75 — Full Weekend Pass
$150 — Fandemic Fanatic VIP
Tickets, celebrity packages and Photo Ops are available now at for each day of the weekend.

Sponsorship and booth space are still available. To apply, please contact Joe Avino at or or go to and download the forms.

Fandemic Tour is a three-day extravaganza of all things Geek! Fandemic will gather pop culture celebrities, well known and emerging comic artists, professional and amateur cosplayers, and exhibitors that sell socks, t-shirts, hats, and everything in-between. In addition, Fandemic Tour will provide programming open to all who attend throughout the weekend. Throughout the weekend, attendees have the opportunity to purchase autographs and photo ops with Fandemic Tour guests. Photo opportunities come in the form of a photo of you and the celebrity guest taken on a professional camera under ideal lighting conditions. Photos are printed on 8×10” paper on dye-sublimation photo printers. Most guests are available for at least two of the three days of the event, and all appearance dates are spelled out on the Fandemic Tour website,

A Personal Update and Plea

February 24, 2018 by  
Filed under Florida, Site News

Hi, everyone.

Many of our advertisers and promoters have been trying to get ahold of me the last couple of weeks. I don’t normally share a lof of personal information with the Convention Scene audience, but I need to offer an explanation.

Two weeks ago, my mother, Betty Pate, who has been declining health for several years, slipped into a coma. I have been out-of-town and at her beside for much of the past two weeks. My brother and I had her moved to a hospice on Thursday, where again I stayed with her around the clock, and yesterday afternoon she passed away, with my brother and I at her side.

This week we will be making funeral arrangements so things won’t get anywhere close to normal until next week.

If you have ever had to bury a loved one, you know that funerals are quite expensive, and, unfortunately, we were not fully prepared for this. Therefore, I am accepting donations towards my mother’s funeral costs. If we raise more money than we need for the funeral, the rest will be reinvested into the site towards some new features I want to add this year.

So that I can transfer the funds into my back account quickly, I am including a PayPal donation button below. So if you like the site or have ever found it beneficial to you, please contribute. If you can’t at this time, I understand and would love to your prayers as well.

Thank you.

Brian Pate, Owner
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Stan Lee To Appear At Wizard World Comic Con St. Louis, Cleveland in 2018



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Excelsior! Comic Book Legend Stan Lee To Appear At Wizard World Comic Con St. Louis, Cleveland

Iconic Creator To Make Special Appearances At America’s Center Feb. 3-4, Huntington Convention Center Of Cleveland March 3-4

Stan_Lee-333.jpgST. LOUIS and CLEVELAND, January 18, 2018 – Stan Lee , the legendary comic book writer, editor, actor, producer and publisher, today announced that he will attend Wizard World Comic Con St. Louis, February 3-4, and Cleveland, March 3-4. The iconic Lee, a member of both the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame and the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame, will greet fans, pose for photo ops, sign autographs and conduct interactive Q&A sessions in Saturday and Sunday appearances in both cities.

Known to millions as the man whose superheroes propelled Marvel to its preeminent position in the comic book industry, Stan’s co-creations include Spider-Man™, The Incredible Hulk™, X-Men™, The Fantastic Four™, Iron Man,™ and hundreds of others. He introduced Spider-Man™ as a newspaper strip which became the most successful of all syndicated adventure strips having appeared in more than 500 newspapers worldwide. Stan currently remains Chairman Emeritus of Marvel, as well as a member of the Editorial Board of Marvel Comics.

“There is no bigger name in the comics world than Stan Lee, and we couldn’t be happier to have him back at two of our upcoming shows,” said John D. Maatta,
Wizard World CEO. “It is truly an experience for fans to meet this legend who has made everything in the industry possible.”

Lee was a big hit at the most recent Wizard World event, January 5-7 in New Orleans.

Wizard World Comic Con events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop culture: movies, television, gaming, live entertainment, comics, sci-fi, graphic novels, toys, original art, collectibles, contests and more. Wizard World Comic Con St. Louis is set for February 2-4 at America’s Center, and Wizard World Comic Con Cleveland is scheduled for March 2-4 at Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland. Kids 10 and under are admitted free with paid adult.

Wizard World Comic Con is also the place for cosplay, with fans young and old showing off their best costumes throughout the event. Fans dressed as every imaginable character – and some never before dreamed – will roam the convention floor and participate in the famed Wizard World Costume Contest on Saturday evening.

For more on the 2018 Wizard World St. Louis, visit ; for Cleveland visit

About Wizard World (OTCBB: WIZD)

Wizard World, Inc. ( ) produces comic, gaming and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate the best in pop culture: movies, television, gaming, live entertainment, tech, comics, sci-fi, graphic novels, toys, original art, collectibles, contests and more. A first-class lineup of topical programming and entertainment takes place at each event, with celebrity Q&A’s, comics-themed sessions, costume contests, movie screenings, evening parties and more. Fans can interact with Wizard World at and on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and other social media services. Additional initiatives may include an augmented touring schedule of Wizard World shows, fixed-site installations, curated e-commerce, and the production and distribution of content both in the U.S. and internationally.

The 2018 Wizard World convention schedule is available at: .

VA Comicon (March 2018)

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Jersey Shore Comic Book Show Launches into 2018 with Excitement

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JERSEY SHORE COMIC BOOK SHOW announces the first exciting convention of 2018!

Marvel Comics artist Ron Wilson (The Mighty Thor, the Thing, Marvel Two-In-One), will make his first appearance at the Jersey Shore Comic Book Show on Sunday, January 21, 10am to 4pm. Ron is travelling all the way from Baltimore, Maryland to visit his fans in Toms River, NJ. The show is at the Elks Lodge at 600 Washington Street (corner of Clifton Avenue).

This winter got you down? Got cabin fever? Well then come on out and join us for our first show of the New Year! We’ll be hosting a “think paradise” event. We have a great line up of some exciting guests – Rusty Gilligan (Mac and Trouble, Pete’s Dragon) Joe Delbeato (G.I. Joe, Sectaurs), Neil Vokes (Superman), Tom Schloendorn, George Vega, Chris Madd, Jabaar L. Brown, 15 year old artist Mackenzie Rose Hawk, writer Eric Cooper (Knight Seeker) and horror film star Genoveva Rossi.

We’ll have some great vendors there with comics from the golden age to present, as well as graphic novels, Non-sport cards, toys, posters, DVD’s, craft items, anime, records, pop culture, collectibles and so much more!! 70 vendor tables. A few still available.

The 501st Star Wars Legion, Kevin D Cosplay, Lady, DarkKnight of PA Cosplay, Brandon Farver, Carter Cosplay and others will be joining us as well. Always a few surprise celebrity guests. The Philadelphia Avengers will be collecting blankets for the homeless. Anyone donating a blanket will receive $1.00 off admission. Adults $5.00, Senior Citizens $3.00, Kids 12 and under Free.

For more information, see or call 609-242-7756. The next show in Toms River will be March 18, 2018.

Philadelphia Comic-Con Announces Their First 2018 Show for January

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We are more than pleased to announce our first show of the 2018 calendar year.

Come join us January 21st from 10 AM to 4 PM at the

Clarion Hotel and Conference Center
76 Industrial HIghway (Route 291)
Essington, PA 19029

Conveniently located between exits 8 and 9A off of I-95. Easy access from all bridges leading into New Jersey too. The SOLD OUT vendors area will be held in the spacious Presidential ballroom of the hotel. 4,500 feet of fun for the entire family. Dress up in cosplay or just your regular warm winter clothes. Extended forecast for that weekend shows a high of 50! Time to shake off the winter chill and cabin fever. Packed with Golden Age up to this months current comics. Also Funko Pop figures, gaming cards, artwork, graphic novels, non-sport cards, statues and a full plethora of comic related goodness.

God Hates Astronauts

Very special guest artist Ryan Browne is coming all the way from New York City to meet his fans (and make new ones). Very talented so I know he will be busy sketching all day. He has worked for Image Comics, IDW and Titan Comics.

Also joining us will be Ryan Douglas and Jay Taylor (head honcho of On The Square Comics).

On Facebook? Then “like” PhiladelphiaComicCon or ComicBookShows

Can’t make this one? Well, we have many more coming throughout the year.

Our con after this date will be March 4th. Mark your calendars!

Shamus Brothers Return With Ace Universe Comic Con Starting in December 2017

September 19, 2017 by  
Filed under Arizona, Comic Books, Convention News, Movies, New York

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ACE Universe Transforms “Comic Con” Business With Ground-Breaking Approach That Will Shake Up The Industry

World’s Most Experienced Comic Con Producers Launch New Media Company, Unveil Innovative Business Model, Announce Star-Studded Shows

NEW YORKSept. 19, 2017 — Brothers Stephen and Gareb Shamus, the world’s most experienced producers of the wildly popular Comic Con conventions, today announced the launch of their new groundbreaking experiential company – ACE Universe.  With 20 years of experience and 175 Comic Con shows to their name, the Shamus brothers have smashed the old model, which they pioneered, and developed a new immersive approach that will redefine the industry going forward.

ACE Universe is also announcing the dates and locations for its first events: December 8-10, 2017 at NYCB Live, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Long Island (New York), and January 13-15 at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, AZ. VIP tickets for the Long Island event are on sale now, and General Admission tickets for NYCB LIVE will go on sale Friday, September 22, all via on,, or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Tickets can also be purchased at the Ticketmaster Box Office located at the Coliseum.

Tickets for the Glendale, AZ, event will be on sale soon. Stay tuned to the website for more details!

Confirmed guests for the Long Island event include:  Henry Cavill (SupermanJustice League), Gal Gadot (Wonder WomanJustice League), Jason Momoa (Aquaman, Justice League), Ray Fisher (Cyborg, Justice League), Ezra Miller(The Flash, Justice League), and Ciarán Hinds (Steppenwolf, Justice League), with more guests to be announced.

ACE Universe has secured partnerships across key sectors including Technology, Media, Entertainment, Gaming, Publishers, Manufacturers, Licensors, and Retailers to help create a robust experience for fans.  The Comic Cons will be hosted in world-class Arenas, which bring a completely new set of aesthetics and benefits for attendees, including programming shown on the JumboTron, which means the fans will never miss a panel, regardless of where they are.

ACE Universe will be the first to provide free global live streaming to fans with wall-to-wall coverage of the entire Comic Con. Now, all fans can enjoy access to top-tier talent, breaking news and on-site programming as every aspect of the show will be fully streamed, social media friendly and available on mobile devices.

“We revolutionized the Comic Con industry in the 90’s, and we’re thrilled to do it all over again in 2017,” says Gareb Shamus, ACE Universe Chairman & CEO. “We believe this is the optimal time to shake up the industry and recalibrate with a complete and total emphasis on the fan experience. Our new platform is centered on creating an unforgettable experience for fans by featuring meet-and-greets with stars from the latest hit superhero movies, quality vendors, professional creators, superior venues and immersive programming.”

“We can’t wait for seasoned Comic Con fans to experience our events, and we’re excited to introduce all new types of fans into this incredible world, many of whom have never enjoyed a Comic Con before,” says Stephen Shamus, President of ACE Universe. “Families can now enjoy a curated experience with access to top name Film and TV talent, artists, writers and other creative professionals.”

In addition to the upcoming show in Long Island, ACE Universe will be announcing the full 2018 schedule, including dates, cities, tickets and VIP Admissions on Stay tuned! Connect with ACE Comic Con at & @acecomiccon on Instagram and Twitter.

ACE Universe
ACE Universe ( is a New York-based media and experiential events company founded by Gareb and Stephen Shamus, who are the world’s most experienced producers of Comic Con conventions.  Stephen has personally produced over 175 Comic Con events, booked thousands of celebrity guests, and played host to millions of happy fans.  Gareb is a leading pop-culture expert, founder of the largest Comic Con tour in the world, an original producer of national Comic Cons, and publisher of multiple award-winning magazines published in 75 countries worldwide.  ACE Universe produces premium events in world-class venues that feature the best of Film, TV, Gaming, Virtual Reality, Collectibles, Comics, Original Art, Toys, Action Figures, Graphic Novels, Illustrators, Writers, Creators, and Entertainment Programming.  Fans can live stream all ACE Universe events at and engage with us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Comic Con Revolution Expands to West Palm Beach in 2018

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The 1-Day Inaugural Event To Take Place At The Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach, Florida On Saturday, February 24, 2018

Comic Con Revolution West Palm Beach Will Feature Top Comic Talent In Addition To A Full Day of Programming Capped Off With Our Cosplay Revolution Costume Contest

New York, NY September 6, 2017 – Atomic Crush Events (ACE) is pleased to announce Comic Con Revolution West Palm Beach (CCR WPB).  The inaugural 1-day event at the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach, Florida will be held on Saturday, February 24, 2018.  CCR WPB will feature a guest list of top industry talent and a full day of programming including our Cosplay Revolution Costume Contest, exhibitors and vendors.

Our initial guest list includes Chris Claremont, Sandy King Carpenter, Jeff Dekal, Joe Eisma, Travis Hanson, Hope Larson, Shawn Martinbrough, Ron Marz, Richard Starkings and hosting our Cosplay Revolution Costume Contest is Ming Chen (AMC’s Comic Book Men). Expect several additional announcements to be made as guests continue to confirm their appearances.

“When we launched our first Comic Con Revolution last May in Ontario, California we built the show with the focus on creators and the work they create,” said ACE Co-Founder Mike Scigliano.  “The concept was received incredibly well.  Fans are excited about comic cons that feature great comic book and creative arts talent.  Our inaugural show in West Palm Beach will be built around that same core concept.”

“We are excited to bring the Revolution to West Palm Beach,” added ACE Co-founder Gabe Fieramosco.  “We have a great deal of family and friends in the area so it will be very personal for us.”

For more information as well tickets head to

About Comic Con Revolution

Comic Con Revolution was founded on very simple principles.  We are excited to celebrate comics and the creative arts.  At the absolute core of what we do are the creators themselves.  The people who create the comics, games, toys, film, movies and more that we all love.  Without their tireless dedication to creating the fantastic worlds we all get lost in, events like Comic Con Revolution would not be possible.  We strive to create the best possible experience for attendees, exhibitors and guests alike.  Our team of event industry veterans are dedicated to working hard to create that experience for each of you.

About Atomic Crush Events

Atomic Crush Events is an event consultation and management company that was founded on experience and innovation.  Bringing together expertise in event management, marketing, sales and business development to create a unique team that can analyze and identify the best course of action when developing a live event.  Our philosophy is simple – create the best experience possible for attendees, exhibitors and guests alike.

More information is available at

Hurricane Irma and Convention Scene

September 7, 2017 by  
Filed under Florida, Site News

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Hi, everyone.

In case you are unaware, Florida is home for myself and several other Convention Scene staff members. We now have Hurricane Irma bearing down on us this weekend, so I may be offline until Tuesday or later as I make preparations for the storm.

Stay safe out there, and we’ll see you on the other side (of the storm, that is).

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